Transportation, Storage, or Distribution Manager Salary

Those pursuing careers as Distribution Managers in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $41K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Distribution Managers (56 percent) who responded to the survey. Some workers in this field — about two-fifths — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by about two in five. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,125 - $85,900
(Median)
$23K
$41K
$86K
MEDIAN: $41,329
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$10.00 - $20.56
(Median)
$10
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$23,125 - $85,900  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,227 - $76,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $20.56  
   
Overtime
$2.30 - $34.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,033  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$22,227 - $76,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Transportation, Storage, or Distribution Manager

Transportation, storage, and distribution managers typically work in warehouse settings, so prospective applicants must know how to operate hand trucks, lift trucks, forklifts, and pallet jacks. Generally, a minimum of a bachelor's degree and ten years of functional experience are required for this position.

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Transportation, Storage, or Distribution Manager Tasks

  • Establish company shipping and safety policies and enforce compliance with DOT regulations.
  • Work within budget constraints and seek to minimize transportation costs.
  • Determine shipping logistics, deciding routes, schedules, vehicles, and personnel.
  • Analyze shipping data to identify strategies for making routes more efficient.

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Pay by Experience Level for Transportation, Storage, or Distribution Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Distribution Managers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $55K.

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Experience Affects Transportation, Storage, or Distribution Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 39%
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